Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History

The essays in this volume illustrate the ways in which the humanistic approach to economics that McCloskey pioneered can open up new vistas for the study of economic history and cultivate rich synergies with a wide range of disciplines.

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Author: Roderick Floud

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226429618

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

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Most of the existing research on economic history relies either solely or ultimately on calculations of material interest to explain the major events of the modern world. However, care must be taken not to rely too heavily on materialism, with its associated confidence in perfectly rational actors that simply do not exist. What is needed for a more cogent understanding of the long history of capitalist growth is a more realistic, human-centered approach that can take account of the role of nonmaterial values and beliefs, an approach convincingly articulated by Deirdre McCloskey in her landmark trilogy of books on the moral and ethical basis of modern economic life. With Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History, Roderick Floud, Santhi Hejeebu, and David Mitch have brought together a distinguished group of scholars in economics, economic history, political science, philosophy, gender studies, and communications who synthesize and build on McCloskey’s work. The essays in this volume illustrate the ways in which the humanistic approach to economics that McCloskey pioneered can open up new vistas for the study of economic history and cultivate rich synergies with a wide range of disciplines. The contributors show how values and beliefs become embedded in the language of economics and shape economic outcomes. Chapters on methodology are accompanied by case studies discussing particular episodes in economic history.

Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History

Among the wideranging subfields of the discipline, economic history may be especially amenable to a methodology infused with humanism. The humanistic challenge to materialism in economics and economic history has been particularly ...

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Author: Roderick Floud

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226429588

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 276

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Economics as a mathematical exercise, which too often relies on the notion of perfectly rational actors, doesn t have a perfect grasp of reality. What economics could use most, as many have pointed out, is a more realistic view of human beings, and how non-material beliefs and values shape the economy. "Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History" is a new synthesis of the most promising perspectives of this more human-centric approach to economics. Roderick Floud, Santhi Hejeebu, and David F. Mitch have brought together a variety of top scholars from an formidable range of disciplines to develop and illustrate three specific approaches: how individual beliefs influence material outcomes, how collective beliefs affect the economy, and how the methods of economics are not just higher-order math but forms of rhetoric, philosophy, and history. By bringing together these fundamental yet alternative conceptions of economics as informed by the humanities, and organizing them into effective and complementary groups, the volume is a huge step forward in developing a much more realistic conception of the long story of capitalist growth."

Globalization and the Rise of Mass Education

He is the author of The Rise of Popular Literacy in Victorian England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992), co-editor with Roderick Floud and Santhi Hejeebu of Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History ...

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Author: David Mitch

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030254179

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 338

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This edited collection explores the historical determinants of the rise of mass schooling and human capital accumulation based on a global, long-run perspective, focusing on a variety of countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The authors analyze the increasing importance attached to globalization as a factor in how social, institutional and economic change shapes national and regional educational trends. Although recent research in economic history has increasingly devoted more attention to global forces in shaping the institutions and fortunes of different world regions, the link and contrast between national education policies and the forces of globalization remains largely under-researched within the field. The globalization of the world economy, starting in the nineteenth century, brought about important changes that affected school policy itself, as well as the process of long-term human capital accumulation. Large migrations prompted brain drain and gain across countries, alongside rapid transformations in the sectoral composition of the economy and demand for skills. Ideas on education and schooling circulated more easily, bringing about relevant changes in public policy, while the changing political voice of winners and losers from globalization determined the path followed by public choice. Similarly, religion and the spread of missions came to play a crucial role for the rise of schooling globally.

School Acts and the Rise of Mass Schooling

... of Popular Literacy in Victorian England (University of Pennsylvania, 1992) and is co-editor of Origins of the Modern Career (Ashgate, 2004) and of Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History (Chicago, 2017).

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Author: Johannes Westberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030135706

Category: Education

Page: 379

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This book examines school acts in the long nineteenth century, traditionally considered as milestones or landmarks in the process of achieving universal education. Guided by a strong interest in social, cultural, and economic history, the case studies featured in the book rethink the actual value, the impact, and the ostensible purpose of school acts. The thirteen national case studies focus on the manner in which school acts were embedded in their particular historical contexts, offering a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of school acts and the role they played in the rise of mass schooling. Drawing together research from countries across the West, the editors and contributors analyse why these acts were passed, as well as their content and impact. This seminal collection will appeal to students and scholars of school acts and the history of mass schooling. Chapter 9 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com

Beyond Positivism Behaviorism and Neoinstitutionalism in Economics

In Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History, edited by Roderick Floud, Santhe Hejeebu, and David Mitch, chap. 10. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Langlois, Richard. 1994. Review of Business Organization ...

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Author: Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226818313

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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A penetrating analysis from one of the defining voices of contemporary economics. In Beyond Positivism, Behaviorism, and Neoinstitutionalism in Economics, Deirdre Nansen McCloskey zeroes in on the authoritarian cast of recent economics, arguing for a re-focusing on the liberated human. The behaviorist positivism fashionable in the field since the 1930s treats people from the outside. It yielded in Williamson and North a manipulative neo-institutionalism. McCloskey argues that institutions as causes are mainly temporary and intermediate, not ultimate. They are human-made, depending on words, myth, ethics, ideology, history, identity, professionalism, gossip, movies, what your mother taught you. Humans create conversations as they go, in the economy as in the rest of life. In engaging and erudite prose, McCloskey exhibits in detail the scientific failures of neo-institutionalism. She proposes a “humanomics,” an economics with the humans left in. Humanomics keeps theory, quantification, experiment, mathematics, econometrics, though insisting on more true rigor than is usual. It adds what can be learned about the economy from history, philosophy, literature, and all the sciences of humans. McCloskey reaffirms the durability of “market-tested innovation” against the imagined imperfections to be corrected by a perfect government. With her trademark zeal and incisive wit, she rebuilds the foundations of economics.

Cowboy Politics

See John S. Nelson, “Humanism, Materialism, and Epistemology,” Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History, eds. Roderick Floud, Santhi Hejeebu, and David Mitch (Chicago: University of Chicago ...

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Author: John S. Nelson

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498549486

Category: Political Science

Page: 412

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Cowboy Politics uses key works of literature, film, and television to explore how westerns address political challenges of Western civilization. This book tracks how westerns supplement liberal politics with republican, populist, perfectionist, and environmentalist politics.

Defenses Against the Dark Arts

... Politics (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998); John S. Nelson, “Humanism, Materialism, and Epistemology: Rhetoric of Economics as Styles in Action,” Humanism Challenges Materialism in Economics and Economic History, eds.

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Author: John S Nelson

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781498592611

Category:

Page: 306

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Defenses Against the Dark Arts argues that performances of magic in Harry Potter show us how to leap into political action, from high politics of governments and elections to everyday politics of private lives and popular cultures. It features learning to face and defend against dark arts in dark times.

Sociological Abstracts

by Portugal through the recent period hailed by the current military regime as an " economic miracle ... Birth of Historical Materialism - which describes Engels's essay on political economy , which greatly influenced Marx's Creation of ...

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ISBN: PSU:000060528636

Category: Sociology

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Historical Abstracts

widens when one understands the alternatives available to individuals and societies in a historical context ... were based on their concern for combating the spread of fascism and economic decline by initiating a new global humanism .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105113567544

Category: History, Modern

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Dialectics and Humanism

... in historical materialism . In its post - Marxian history , capitalism has not forced any radical changes in Marxism . ... What does it mean from the point of view of the most fundamential principles of Marxian political economy ?

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ISBN: PSU:000066479239

Category: Dialectic

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